Lead shot ban proposed for state wildlife management areas
Nine years ago a citizens advisory committee told the Department of Natural Resources it was someday inevitable that lead shot would be restricted for shotgun hunting because of concerns over lead’s toxicity.
That day might be near.
The DNR announced this week a proposed rule requiring hunters to use nontoxic shot on state wildlife management areas (WMAs) in Minnesota’s farmland zone. If approved, the lead-shot ban would begin in 2018. It would not affect WMAs in the forest region or private land, state forest and county forest land.